Highway 1
Discovery Route:

Where Nature Meets Nurture on California's Central Coast.

Between the natural splendor of Big Sur and the sophistication of Santa Barbara, a remarkable stretch of Highway 1 combines the charms of both. Meet the San Luis Obispo County Highway 1 Discovery Route, where rugged coastline, adventure, and the great wide open lie just minutes from wine country, boutique shopping, cuisine and culture. Into the world or into the wild:  Where will the road take you?

Events for the Adventure Seeker

Adventures with Nature

December 09, 2018

The Central Coast State Parks Associations presents the Adventures with Nature series. 

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The Holiday Extravaganza

December 09, 2018

This three part evening opens with a heartwarming one-act version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

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Tall Ships in Morro Bay

December 09, 2018

Looking for a little high-seas adventure? Then steer toward Morro Bay for the highly anticipated return visit of the majestic tall-ship Lady Washington.

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Highway 1: Where Will the Road Take You?

Your Entrance To Big Sur Country

A destination unto itself, Ragged Point might mark the gateway to Big Sur, but it also boasts an unforgettable seaside hiking trail, a landmark inn, and a stretch of Highway 1 so beautifully picturesque, it’s counted among the most scenic drives in the world.

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Land Of Castles And Endless Coastline

Seeing San Simeon for its wondrous natural beauty, William Randolph Hearst chose to build his indulgent art-filled 90,000-square-foot estate here in 1919, now open as a museum and California State Park. (The ocean views, historic light station, quaint town of San Simeon and population of migrant elephant seals will make you want to stay, too!)

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The Seaside Hamlet With Charm That Won’t Quit

With all the quaint coziness of a New England village, Cambria delights visitors with antique stores and boutique shopping, juicy pies bursting with ollaliberries, a romantic beach perfect for treasure-hunting, majestic Clydesdale horses, and carefully-preserved history beneath one of California’s only stands of Monterey Pines.

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Pristine Beaches And Fresh West Coast Flavor

Classic beach vibes make Cayucos an ideal spot to hang ten, reel in a big one, take a hike, or grub down at a taco stand, casual diner or farm-to-table bistro. One word of advice? Take your time in this laid-back surf haven.

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Where Mountains Of Gold Meet The Sea

In Los Osos & Baywood, Mother Nature’s wildly inviting beauty shines through every moment, from a walk through a miniature oak forest, to the top of a golden dune; from the tee to the green, and from shore to shore across the back bay.

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Pick Your Perfect Paradise

Avila Beach can be as relaxing or rejuvenating as you want it to be. Depending on your mood, kayak to a historic lighthouse, jog a tree-lined trail, taste home-grown apples and scratch-made pies, cozy up to award-winning wines, or boogie down by the waves at a bustling weekly street fair.

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High Drama, Both Natural And Theatrical

In high-energy Oceano, the fun and drama of a world-class professional theater is only matched by that of tree branches heavy with thousands of Monarch butterflies, towering dunes and a wide beach perfect for cruising by car, truck, dune buggy…or on horseback. And don’t let quiet Nipomo fool you. This town at the southernmost end of the Highway 1 Discovery Route boasts some of the West’s best golf courses, agricultural experiences, coastline and history―plus a beloved barbecue restaurant that brings new meaning to the word authentic.

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Wine Country, Just Four Miles From The Beach

In the Arroyo Grande Valley and Edna Valley, crisp sunlight ripens grapes for award-winning wines, warms the water at beautiful Lopez Lake, dapples through trees over the Old Edna townsite and pastoral Huasna, and brightens a fun, wobbly walk across a swinging bridge.

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A Well-Kept Secret

Don’t let quiet Nipomo fool you. This town at the southernmost end of the Highway 1 Discovery Route boasts some of the West’s best golf courses, agricultural experiences, coastline and history―plus a beloved barbecue restaurant that brings new meaning to the word authentic.

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